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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

FLORA   INBI.CA.                                            SOS

leviter trisnlcran, sulcis lougitndinalibus, Vasa nutrientia continentibus, intus tricos-
tatum, inter cxnra tenuissimum. Semen putamini confonne. Testa tenuissima, mem
branacea, fusca, facie interna crassiuscula. Embryo semini conformis, amygdalinua,
suberoso-carnosus, leviter sulcatus. Radicufa styli cicatricem spectans, brevissima.
Cotyledones elongat®, plano-convex^ sexnicylindricfie, uncinatae, apice obtosae, longi-
tudinaliler leviter sulcatse.

We have placed this very remarkable but unfortunately little-known plant provi-
sionally in the genus Fi&raurea, on account of the resemblance of the leaves and
general aspect. We obtained only one fruiting branch* which was brought to us soon
after our arrival in the Khasia, from an elevation of about 3000 feet, and every effort
to procure more Was unsuccessful. The fruit of Fibrtwrea, is atiH almost unknown,
but immature imperfect specimens in Mr. Bentham's Herbarium resemble what the
young fruit of this plant may be assumed to be.

F. H&matocarpa is undoubtedly one of the most interesting plants of this family
which, have yet been, found. The very large size of the fruit, and its peculiar struc-
ture, arc alike unique in the Order. It is nevertheless, though exalbuminous, an
undoubted Meuispermaceous plant. The two arms of the putainen are not united-
by a botry plate, as in all the other elongated-seeded plants of the Order, but the
nutrient Vessels pass from the base of the drupe to the bottom of the sinus of the
curY<e<3 seed, just as in flocculus or Pachygone.

A piece of stem several years old, a^i £ ihtiih in cfiuneter, fe firffl and tro<jdy,,uot
shrinking in drying. Bark smooth, polished, scarcely farrowed. Pith one-fifth the
diameter of stem, very firm and woody, wholly formed of long tabular cylindrical
thick-walled cells, with square extremities placed end to end. Medullary rays about
forty, of very much radially elongated compressed mural cells. Bwrk a very thin
cellular layer. Wedges of wood long, narrow, gradually broader outwards, of nume-
rous dotted pleurenchyma tubes and large vessels, whose walls are covered with innu-
merable transverse bars ; there are also a few spiral vessels towards the axis.
lundle semilunar, placed in :contact with the wood.

15. TINOMISCIUM, Miers.
MAS. Sepala 9 ; 3 exteriora parva, oyata, acuta; bracteis 1-2 mini-
mis conformibus stipata; 6 interiors *confonnia, exterioribus paullo
latiora. Petala 6, sepalis interioribus parum breviora9 oblonga, mem-
braaacea, margiuibus iniexis. Stamina 6 ; filamenta planiuscula,; an-
tfara oblongae, adnatae, extrorae biloculares. — 3?ruiex accmfoit* lactwxx*,
petiolis elongate basi incraasatis et fiesntom, pseudo^wbartMatiSy Mils
basi triiimm c&ierufc ptfutinerms, flotibus racemosi*.
There is nothing, in tire mate flower of thi? plant te guide us as to its immediate
affinity, for, though the- technical character agrees with -TinQspora, the appearance of
the flowers and the whole habit are very different. Mr. Miers has coBijectured that
it belongs to his tribe HeterocKnea, and we have, at p. 179, described a fruit which
we think probably belongs to a nearly allied species.
The wood of Tinomiscium is hard, and does not contract much in drying. A sec^
tion half an inch in diameter presents a broad pith, and twenty-five to thirty wood*
wedges, divided by moderately broad medullary rays. The general arrangement is as
in fyricampyltu, b*t tfce.liber-bTrndles evidently increase annually, and there are no
traces of periodic deposits of wood,
. 1* T. petfolare (Miers in Taylor's Annals, jer. 2. vii. 4,4) ; foliis
ovali-oblongis acuminatis glabris, racemis elongatls fusooTtomentosis. —
Cocculus petiolaris, WaU. CaL 4964 !